Designing for Inclusivity and Access for All at DFALS17

August 16, 2017Accessibility, Discovery, Education, Prototype

DFA’s 7th annual Leadership Studio brought 106 student leaders from 33 different universities together with experts in social design, community members, mentors, and DFAlumni. DFA National has spent the summer learning from the Chicago accessibility community, and #DFALS17 was the perfect opportunity for students from across the country to work together to consider a more … Read More

Designing for Food Security

May 12, 2017Education, Health, Sponsors, Testing

42.2 million Americans – 1 in 7 households (13%) – are food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Today, food insecurity in America affects families from all walks of life: 6.3 million children under the age of 10 6.8 million young people age 10-17 13.5 million young adults … Read More

#DFALS17 Registration Now Open!

April 14, 2017Education, Fun, Leadership, Learning

Leadership Studio 2017 is now open for registration! Over 130 students will join DFAlumni, community members, and experts at Northwestern on August 3 – 7 to learn and practice the DFA design process while building empathy and gaining leadership skills. Leadership Studio is a training experience unlike any other. It is a 5-day design sprint … Read More

The James Dyson Award is Now Open!

March 30, 2017Education, Ideas, Prototype

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the James Dyson Award, an international award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers.  The James Dyson Award is an incredible opportunity for students and alumni to take action in solving problems in our world. Design for America has once … Read More

DFA Duke Team Wins Competition to Bring Their Idea to Life

November 21, 2016Education, Ideas, Implement

Last Spring, a DFA Duke team won $7,500 to bring their idea to reality. With this support, the summer of 2016 brought together nine programmers in six different time zones to collaborate and bring to life their computer science teaching platform, CodeStory. “CodeStory is an interactive learning platform to teach middle school students how to code while … Read More

Design for America Northwestern Goes to China

November 30, 2015Education, Environment, Health, Leadership, Northwestern, Prototype, Studios

In July 2015, DFA Northwestern members launched the first annual Jiang China Human-Centered Design Challenge. Created by DFA Northwestern student Jenny Wang and alumna Cassie Coravos, the Jiang China HCD Challenge is a two-week design crash course for Chinese college students who want to make a positive social impact. After developing the program over one … Read More